Harnessing the Power of the Youth Sector in the COVID-19 Crisis – An Open Letter to Government

Harnessing the Power of the Youth Sector in the COVID-19 Crisis – An Open Letter to Government The Back Youth Alliance have today published an open letter government regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Please click below to download the letter: Notes to the Editor Back Youth Alliance is a CEO level group comprising of: UK Youth,

National Youth Agency to visit Jersey

Representatives from the National Youth Agency (NYA) are visiting Jersey this week to join in workshops and discussions on current developments in youth service work across the UK. The Chief Executive Officer of the NYA, Leigh Middleton and the Director of Youth Work, Abbee McLatchie will be in Jersey on Wednesday and Thursday this week

Research roundup – Career aspirations for young people

Our Research and Learning Manager responds to the latest report on young people’s career aspirations from Education and Employers A lack of jobs is one of the biggest challenges young people face today, [1] yet by historic standards, youth unemployment is low after peaking at 1 million NEET in 2011, and a large proportion of

NYA to Launch New Bursary Fund

Major Boost to Recruit a New Cohort of Youth Workers   A major new Youth Worker Bursary Fund has been announced by NYA as part of a national initiative to open up career pathways in youth work. In its first year the fund will widen access and secure youth work training with up to 450

Five organisations recognised with new Hear by Right award

Five organisations awarded for encouraging youth voice Five organisations were today awarded the National Youth Agency’s Hear by Right at either Flagship or Active level. Hear by Right assesses and recognises organisation’s commitment to youth participation and promoting youth voice. After attending an insight session with NYA, the organisations reflected on their practice and implemented a

Young people and Gambling – A piece by Gamcare

Gifty Oduro-Anyan, Youth Outreach Coordinator at GamCare, aims to highlight why youth workers are crucial in raising awareness and tackling gambling problems for young people. “Miss, I can make like, £17 a week when I play ‘Money Up’”. This was a statement from a young man in year 10, who recently attended a free GamCare

High-5 Manifesto: Investing in Youth Work

A five-point plan was launched today calling for a national census to secure investment in youth services and a youth work guarantee to help transform the lives of millions of young people across the country.  The NYA’s High-5 Manifesto sets out the priorities from early help for families to more choice for young people of places

APPG on Knife Crime – NYA responds

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime today published their report Back to School? Breaking the link between school exclusions and knife crime As greater demands are put on schools, there have been major cuts to youth services. This has created a perfect storm. Schools are increasingly excluding young people, sometimes for minor misbehaviour. The

Valuing young people and youth work

Over the last two years, as the national body for youth work, NYA has been resolute in building cross-party support for investment in youth work and support for young people.  Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Agency said: “At a time of political turmoil NYA has worked hard to build a consensus

Call for Evidence for the Statutory Guidance Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has opened a consultation to inform the upcoming Statutory Guidance Review for Local Authorities on providing youth services  The government is revising the guidance relating to Section 507B of the Education and Inspections Act, which sets government expectations of (upper tier) local authorities when they are securing